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Divine Mercy Hills in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.


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SCAA should not be assigned to city streets – PNP chief Robert E. Roperos,

Caraga Region

Diarrhea outbreak declared in Surigao City barangay FEAbkilan,

Aquino says government doing its best in case United States, Europe fall into deep recession............................................................

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SSS pensioners to receive ‘13th month pension’ .......................................................

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Cover Story Caraga Region

Only DSWD has the sole authority to remove or add 4Ps beneficiaries

The Divine Mercy Hills, a Holy Place of Worship and Devotion Elaine O. Ratunil

Region IX

Alfonso T. Ruda,

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BFAR issues Shellfish Bulletin No. 26 Region IX

Alma L. Tingcang,

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Army official cites impact of a secure environment to development

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13 out of 75 OTOS scholars in region 10 come from Mis. Occ

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Irrigation, better postharvest to boost rice sufficiency bid

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MinDA to Mindanao communicators: tap new media for social change

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General Santos City increases flights

Apipa Bagumbaran,

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

Noel T. Provido,

Edwin Fernandez,

Olivia Sudaria.

Region X

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WESTERN MINDANAO page 19

Region X

NORTHERN MINDANAO page 23

Region XI

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Region XII

Region XII

CENTRAL MINDANAO page 32


Cover Story

The Divine Mercy Hills, a Holy Place of Worship and Devotion

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by Elaine O. Ratunil

estled on the tranquil hills in El Salvador (The Savior), Misamis Oriental is the Divine Mercy Hills, a Holy Place of Worship and Devotion

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It serves as a beacon of hope for weary souls and a foundation of respite for all people. Vision The Divine Mercy Hills will feature complete retreat and seminar facilities. Places for reflection and meditation such as Mary’s Rosary Garden and the Stations of the Cross will sprawl over the 9.8 hectare area. At the center of the development is a 50 foot Statue of Jesus Christ of the Divine Mercy. The base of the statue houses a healing chapel, while the heart holds a chamber of adoration. History

For years, the intercessory prayer group of the Divine Mercy Foundation Mindanao (Philippines) Inc. in Cagayan de Oro received a message from the Lord: to build His church of Mercy with the vision of the Lord, standing on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. The whole project is funded by donations from individuals. The Lord moved hearts to help build His place and has promised to bless the families of those who respond. The project developer, Architect Felino Palafox Jr. and the statue’s sculptor, Nick Reyes both world-renowned in their fields were likewise handpicked by the Lord. This awesome shrine is about 18 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro City, close to the Thursday, December 8, 2011

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shores of Northern Mindanao, the Philippines. The shrine has a 50 foot statue of the Divine Mercy Christ. It serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees. As a pilgrimage and sacred site, visitors are not allowed to wear shorts and other reveal6

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ing clothing. Those who do so will be forced to cover themselves with a blue cloth provided by the shrine administrators. Meanwhile, aside from erecting a 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy, the Foundation intends to build a church—to be known as Divine Mercy Church-of the Divine Mercy Mindanao. Also to be developed are stations of the cross, Mary’s garden, field altar, parking area,


reception and administration building, giftstore, restrooms and coffeeshops. Testimonies of healings, conversions and petitions answered are continually reported. The Devotion From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is mer-

ciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.

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Coloma urges civil servants to prioritize efficient and quality service to Filipinos

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residential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny� Coloma Jr. urged civil servants to live the spirit of accountability by prioritizing efficient and quality service to the Filipinos as shown by President Benigno S. Aquino III in his priority programs for the people. Thursday, December 8, 2011

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In his message during the 36th National Conference on Public Personnel Administration of the Personnel Officers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (POAP) at the Philippine Information Agency main office along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City on Wednesday, Secretary Coloma underscored the importance of accountability, particularly for those who are in government service, in pushing for programs beneficial for the people. He cited the President’s accountability to the people, which is founded on the mandate that he received from them in May, 2010 to lead the nation towards reforms and change and to achieve a shared and inclu10

sive economic growth. “I think this is one of the best ways of defining, appreciating, understanding and living the spirit of accountability… i-memorize po natin yan at ilagay sa harap ng ating work table so that we will remember it all the time… ‘public office is a public trust’… hindi po puwedeng kina-career natin yan para yumaman tayo, hindi po pwedeng ganon… that is not accountability,” Coloma said. “Ang sabi ng tao kay PNoy…mamuno ka sa reporma at pagbabago, we can derive this from the mandate that he (President Aquino) received from the people… bawasan ang kahirapan at wakasan ang korapsyon,” he added. Coloma noted that these targets will be achieved through the Aquino administration’s Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016. “Hindi po biro kapag sinabi natin na ba-

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wasan ang kahirapan – napakalawak po ng kahirapan – kaya po mayron tayong Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016 na ang motto ay shared and inclusive economic growth,” Coloma explained. He said that the President’s definition of accountability in governance lies on his famous one-liner which was derived from Article 2, Section 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. “Simple lamang po ang definition ni Presidente Noynoy (Aquino) on accountability, one sentence lang, ‘kayo ang boss ko’… ano po ang ibig sabihin nito? We can take this from the Philippine Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which says ‘sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them’,” Coloma said. The PCOO chief said that the government is bent on


eradicating corruption through various efforts that include strengthening of the country’s justice system. “One of the most important manifestations of the commitment to take the straight path is to strengthen the justice system in our coun-

try,” Coloma said. The conference, anchored on this year’s theme of “Trailblazing Towards Public Accountability: My Role,” is organized by the POAP which is an organization of human resource management officers, administrative officers and other

human resourcesrelated practitioners in the government bureaucracy. Some 300 POAP members and other HR practitioners in government from Ilocos to Jolo attended the annual event. (JCL)

Aquino says government doing its best in case United States, Europe fall into deep recession

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III assured on Wednesday that the government is doing its best to prepare for any eventuality once the economies of the United States and Europe entered into a possible deep recession as reported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Thursday, December 8, 2011

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“We are preparing as best as we can,” President Aquino said during an interview with reporters following the 2011 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards ceremonies in Malacanang. The President also said that the government will improve the country’s various industries, including agri12

culture, and find new markets for Philippine export products. “So ‘pag sinasabi ko ngang hindi tayo naninirahan sa isang vacuum, syempre maraming domestic spending, ‘yung accelerated spending, at saka ‘yung prudent spending with the attendant safeguards help us,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, the GDP especially for exports—‘yung semi-

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conductors, for instance, since 60 percent ang total natin dropped growth from markets that are in a very volatile state,” he said. “So we will do everything we can. We will improve so many sectors including agriculture but the reality is it’s a global phenomena” the President added. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecast a slowdown in economic growth for the Philippines and other Asian economies this year and in 2012. The ADB said that that the Philippines may grow by only as much as 4.2 percent if the United States and Europe fall into a deep recession


SSS pensioners to receive ‘13th month pension’ by Jomie Jean O. Apostol

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ocial Security System Vice President for Public Affairs and Special Events Marissu Bugante announced Tuesday that SSS pensioners and their dependents will receive a 13th month pension to be released in the first week of December. Thursday, December 8, 2011

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The 13th month pension is given every December to retirement, disability, death pensioners and their dependents, and those under the Employees’ Compensation Program. The Employee’s Compensation Program provides both public and private sector employees and their dependents with income and other benefits in case of a work-connected injury, sickness, disability or death. They can receive compensation in the form of a cash income benefit, medical and related services or rehabilitation services. Meanwhile, Vice President for Benefits Program Management Agnes San Jose said SSS has already released P10 billion for December to fund the regular pensions and the 13th month pension for the 1.6 million pensioners of the agency. Bugante said 14

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pensioners need not contribute an additional amount to get this extra-month pension because it is the agency’s way of helping their pensioners. Further, the bonus will also be given to those availing partial disability pensions, provided that their pension dates include December. Partial disability pensions given only while the pensioner is still afflicted with a disability. “For example, if their pension is for six months, January to June, December is not included so they will not be given the 13th month bonus,” Bugante said. In addition, pensioners who have advanced their 18 months’ worth of pension can look forward to receiving their 13th month bonus next week. The said pensioners took a lump sum on the initial pension and would have to wait for the 19th month to resume receiving their pen-

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sion. To get a retirement pension, the member has to be at least 60 years of age if he or she is not working, and 65 if he or she still working. More importantly, he or she should have contributed at least 120 months or 10 years’ worth of contributions. However, Bugante said the 10-year period is only the minimum requirement and that it would be better to contribute to SSS for more than 10 years so the pensioner can receive a higher pension for retirement. Bugante and San Jose were guests at the program “Talking Points” sponsored by the Philippine Communication and Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS). The program was simultaneously aired over People’s Television (PTV-4) and Radyo ng Bayan.


18,000 school desks set to be assembled as part of P-Noy’s Bayanihan Program by David M. Suyao

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echnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Sec. Emmanuel Villanueva is set to visit Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) today for an inspection of the materials to be used in assembling 18,000 school desks. This is part of the P-Noy Bayanihan project in Caraga Region.

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P-Noy Bayanihan project is an agreement between the DepEd, TESDA, Pagcor and DENR to provide school desks in the region. The AS16

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SAT was chosen as the production site. Materials used in production were confiscated logs which the DENR turned over to the

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DepEd. These were then sawn at ASSAT using the equipment provided by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) for production of school desks. The project region-wide has an estimated cost of P10 million, including labor cost, according to Norberto Dorado of TESDA. “For three weeks now, we have been training out-ofschool youth and people who are unemployed,� Dorado said. The training is being held at ASSAT. Involved in the production are the 50 to 100 carpenters. According to Dorado, there are still logs ready for sawing at the ASSAT sawmill ground. The said logs could be made into 2,000 school desks.


SCAA should not be assigned to city streets – PNP chief by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General PCSupt. Nicanor Bartolome recently said members of the Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) should not be assigned in city streets, like the police officers.

This is the reaction of the PNP chief after the city government here has proposed to deploy some 125 SCAA members within the city to augment the police officers, in an effort to uphold peace and security in the city especially during Yuletide Season.

Bartolome said the city government should adhere to what is stipulated in law, where it is stated that these SCAA members should only be assigned to farflung areas where there are no available police officers. “This means that only police officers

are given authority to maintain peace and order in the city whatever occasions that the city is undertaking,” Bartolome said. However, in an interview with a local radio station here, City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima said that base on SCAA

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memo and guidelines, they can be assigned in vital installations in the city such as the city hall, motor pool, terminal, ports and other areas where properties of the city are need to be secured.

Culima explained what the PNP chief is pointing out is that SCAA members should not intervene and do police matters like apprehending suspects for robbery, stabbing, rape, holdup and other crimes.

Bartolome was here Friday when the Department of Health (DoH) Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga turned-over the new P10-million hospital to the management of PNP-Caraga.

Diarrhea outbreak declared in Surigao City barangay by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY – An outbreak of diarrhea disease was declared in Barangay Sukailang, this city, following the massive manifestation of its symptoms in hundreds of residents here.

Dr. Emmanuel Plandano, assistant city health officer, said that at least 117 residents from the said

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barangay were already affected by the disease since December 1, of which two were rushed to the Caraga

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Regional Hospital for immediate treatment. Patients were experiencing severe stomachache and


loose bowel movement, which are the usual symptoms of diarrhea. To date, a total of 65 patients were already consulted by the city health authorities while 52 others are seeking with other medications. Gorospe Menor, Communicable Disease Cluster coordinator, narrated that upon receipt of the report, their office immediately dispatched their surveillance team in the area and conducted a study and ocular

inspection to identify the cause of the disease. Menor theorized that the cause of the diarrhea outbreak has something to do with their drinking waters, which is believed to be contaminated. The coordinator said their office has already launched an advocacy to some 80 residents at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the barangay aimed to minimize or eradicate the incidence in the area. “We discussed the

importance of environmental sanitation, proper food preparation, importance of using the toilet, proper handwashing and proper storage of drinking water,” she said. Menor also said that they have also conducted a random rectal swab for Typhoid fever examination and the results will be released a week after. “We also conducted a routine stool examination to some 13 patients, eight were diagnosed for Amoeba infections,” Menor added. Menor said they have also coordinated with the Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) for technical assistance for the installation of chlorination device at the water reservoir, “as recommended by the team of Sanitation Inspectors of the office.”

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Dipolog health workers to undergo mobilization training by Franklin P. Gumapon

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he City Health Office (CHO) here headed by Dr. Cecilio Siglos is going to hold a series of two-day mobilization training on community health for midwives, Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and parent leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P) starting Dec. 5-15. 20

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The first leg of said training started yesterday until today at Barangay Estaka. This will be followed by Barangay Miputak on Dec. 7-8, Central Barangay on Dec. 12-13 and back to Barangay Estaka on Dec. 14-15. According to Dr. Siglos, the participants especially the 4P parent leaders would be taught about community health process, health risks and others. It can be recalled that the 4P is requiring the family-beneficiaries to have their children completely immunized and sent to school. For its part, the city government has

also urged all the 4P beneficiaries to religiously comply with the conditions set by the program in order to enjoy the full benefit of it. Although Dipolog is the provincial capital of Zamboanga del Norte, the

country’s poorest province, the city has the lowest percentage of poor families in the entire province. (JPA/ FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

Only DSWD has the sole authority to remove or add 4Ps beneficiaries by Alfonso T. Ruda

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nly the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has the sole authority to remove or add beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program, popularly known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), say the 4Ps Provincial Grievance Officer in Zamboanga del Norte. Thursday, December 8, 2011

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In an interview, Zambo Norte 4Ps Provincial Grievance Officer Resty Ragas pointed out that only the DSWD has the authority to remove or add 4Ps beneficiaries and no other politician. Ragas issued the clarification in reaction to the news report published in the local newspaper implicating Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy and Zamboanga del Norte Second District Representative Rosendo Labad-labad on their alleged involvement for the removal of 7 4Ps beneficiaries in Gulayon, Dipolog City who are supporters of Zamboanga del Norte Governor Rolando Yebes. According to Ragas, the only reason that a 4Ps beneficiary is removed from the list of beneficiaries is his/her failure to comply with the conditions set by the program and not his/her failure to support a particular political leader. The children should spend 85% of their time attending to their classes; that they are regularly given medical check-up at the barangay health center; and 22

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that the mother regularly attend Responsible parenthood session conducted for the purpose. Ragas admitted that 7 family-beneficiaries of 4Ps in barangay Gulayon, this city were not able to receive their June allocations after they had been inadvertently reported as having not complied with the 85% required children’s attendance in school. The 7 4Ps beneficiaries who have not received their June allocations are Joeselyn L. Cagas; Ellen B. Monopolio; Charina Velasco; Mamerta C. Baranquita; Lisil G. Diniay; Susana C. Gingoyon; and Moises Sagan, Jr. Ragas assured that 5 of the 7 4Ps beneficiaries who have a perfect attendance in school will receive their June allocation and its payment is

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now being processed by the DSWD Regional Office. Michael Diniay (son of Lisil Diniay) and Eloisa Mae D. Sagan(daughter of Moises Sagan, Jr.) have failed to comply with the required 85% school attendance, thus making them ineligible to receive their benefit. Under the program, every household is entitled to receive a P300.00 monthly cash assistance for their children aging below 14 years and another 500 for the family or a maximum of P1,400.00 per month. The assistance is primarily for the basic health and education needs of the family. However family beneficiaries have also to comply with the conditions set forth by the program. (JPA/ ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)


BFAR issues Shellfish Bulletin No. 26 by Alma L. Tingcang

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ased on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs), shellfishes collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Also declared in the Shellfish Bulletin No. 26 signed by BFAR Director Asis G. Perez is that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the above-mentioned areas are NOT SAFE for human consumption. Fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. The following areas continue to be FREE from toxic red tide : coastal waters of Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, and Bulacan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Bani in Pangasinan; coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto bays in Puerto Princesa City, and In

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ner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City; Ivisan and Saplan in Capiz; coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda,

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and Villareal Bays in Samar; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran waters in Biliran province; Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental; and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island. (BFAR/PIA9-ALT/ Zambo Sur)


Task Force Pawikan releases 147 newlyhatched marine turtles in Magsaysay town by Madridano-Thiam

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ask Force Pawikan recently released 147-hatched marine turtles in barangay Kandiis, in Magsaysay town, Misamis Oriental. This was done during the recent gathering of the task force held in Magsaysay which focused its discussion on the capability enhancement of its members, through an educational trip to Morong, Bataan to observe and learn from the marine turtle nesting site management in the area. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), took the opportunity after the release to inspect the newly-established marine turtle hatchery in the area.

The hatchery is jointly funded by the DENR and the Municipal LGU of Magsaysay. Task Force Pawikan, meanwhile, was organized by DENR through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD). This is to assist in the protection of the endangered marine turtles and the preservation of marine turtle nesting along the beaches in Magsaysay town, Misamis Oriental. http://pinoylife.jp/img/news/p.%20hatchlings%20release.jpg Thursday, December 8, 2011

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The recent gathering, on the other hand, was presided by City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Felipe Carollina, Jr. of Gingoog City and joined in by the Local Government Units

(LGUs) of the coastal barangays, representatives of the Gingoog Bay Alliance, Green Mindanao, Philippine Coast Guards and other concerned organizations. (DENR)

Army official cites impact of a secure environment to development by Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - An army official has underscored the important contribution of a secured environment to development. BGen. Roland C. Amarille, assistant division commander of the army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and head of Task Force Makalintad, said security fuels business confidence and encourages investments that in turn provide jobs to the people. He said tourism which is a vital sector of the country’s economy is virtually dependent on the level of security that can be provided to tourists adding that the success of security operations of the

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government is an important factor for the consistent upswing of tourist arrivals in the country. Thus, he gave assurance that the Tabak troopers will continue to play its role of providing a secured environment conducive to development. Likewise, he emphasized that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is guided by the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino administration and as enumerated


on the provision of peace and security, the promotion of peace of process shall be the center piece of the AFP’s internal security program as a testament of the government’s commitment and policy on reconciliation and reunification. Thus, the AFP has launched its Internal Peace and Security Plan called Oplan Bayanihan which is anchored on two thrusts, namely, the whole-of-nation approach and the people-centered security, to shift its operations in support to the national government’s policy. This is significant to the current mission of the AFP to transform its troopers into peacemakers and peacebuilders, he further said. Henceforth, our policy is directed on the supremacy of the peace process, winning the peace, promotion of human rights and rule of law, focused military operations and commander’s accountability, he added. Meanwhile, Amarille disclosed

that the government has launched the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program as a complimentary track of the peace process. He said the PAMANA is the government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building and development in conflict-affected areas. In Mindanao alone, the local monitoring teams (LMT) of the GPHMILF Joint Ceasefire Committees have identified 4,032 conflictaffected barangays, he further said. Amarille further disclosed that at present the national government is completing the unserved benefits of former rebels for the social integration program. The national program for unification and development has also allocated funds to support rebel returnees and have processed amnesty certificates for 65 rebels this year, he further added.

13 out of 75 OTOS scholars in region 10 come from Mis. Occ. by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – At least 13 out of 75 or 17.33 percent of Northern Mindanao’s “One Town, One Scholar” (OTOS) grantees for School Year 2010-2011 come from Misamis Occidental. Of this number, eight (8) come from the First Congressional District while five (5) others are from the Second Congressional District of

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2nd semesters of the school year, Dr. Natalie Egot, OTOS Coordinator of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), region 10, said. The OTOS Scholarship Program is offered to poor but deserving incoming first year college students who belong to the top 10 high school graduates from public high schools in the municipalities of the country with an average grade of not less than 85 percent. It is offered by the government per the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 04, series of 2009, otherwise known as the “Implementing Guidelines for the OTOS Scholarship Program.” Such memo provides that the local chief executives will identify the OTOS qualifiers in their respective towns and CHED will take charge of the financial benefits of the scholars. But out of 85 municipalities of region 10, only 75 were able to recommend for the OTOS program, Egot said. For 2010, all the Education Supervisors of the Department of Education in the region, helped in doing the follow-up with all the Municipal Mayors in the region to submit names for the OTOS scholars. Meanwhile, the OTOS scholars from the First Congressional District of Mis. Occ., the schools where they enrolled and the courses they took 28

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are the following: Emily Cagas, Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED), Daiza Kim J. Dura, Mindanao State UniversityIligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BS Chem Engr’g), and June Francis B. Maldo, MSU-IIT, B.S. Mathematics. April D. Masalig, MSU-Marawi City, BS Math, Grace Ann M. Matildo, MSU-IIT, BEED, Sharmela D. Pasco, MUST, BEED, Imee Marie Ramos, MUST, BEED, Riza Mae Serino, La Salle University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA). Those from the Congressional District 2 are: Arnulfo Adlaon, Jr., MSU-IIT, BS Eng’g, and Revellyn N. Cuizon, Northwestern Mindanao State College (NMSC), BSED. Michelle B. Gonzaga, Misamis University (MU), BEED, Joven P. Panoncillo, La Salle University, BS in Business Administration (BSBA), and Cris M. Tapuyao, NMSC, BEED.


Kamindanawan to honor 11 Mindanao women achievers by Carina Cayon

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amindanawan, a celebratory gathering of Mindanao women leaders, is set to honor tomorrow some 11 Mindanawon women and one man who have “broken silences, barriers and new ground for women.” The Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) will give honor and recognition to the Mindanawon achievers in time for MCW’s 10th anniversary on December 8 when the Kamindanawan event will take place. Among the honorees are Mindanews editor Carol Arguillas; Islamic scholar Prof. Hamid Barra; renowned Moro woman leader Hadja Bainon Karon; and peace activists Raissa Jajurie, Myla Leguro, and Obo-Manobo tribal chieftain Bo-i Era Espana. The other honorees are national artist for dance Agnes Locsin; Davao-based obstetrics-gynecology specialist Dr. Regina Dela

Paz-Ingente, and Betty More who is executive director of the Kababayen-an Alang sa Teknolohiya nga Haum sa Kinaiyahan ng Kauswagan, Inc. (KATAKUS). Also set to be recognized are Major Rosa Ma. Cristina R. Manuel, the first female battalion executive officer of the 10th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and Chief Inspector Grace Taculin of the Davao City Jail. Director Zenaida Hadji-Raof Laidan of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 12 is also among the Mindanao achievers. Laidan initiated the establishment of the only existing halal laboratory in the country. According to MCW press statement, the recognition was based on the achievements of the honorees from the three categories set by MCW. The categories are: those who Thursday, December 8, 2011

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broke the silence (i.e. spoke of issues not openly discussed), barriers (i.e. engaged in fields traditionally dominated by men), or new ground (i.e. introduced innovations and breakthroughs). MCW chair emerita and chief executive officer Irene M. Santiago said, “MCW believes that it is only fitting that we give recognition to these persons at this year’s Kamindanawan.” Santiago said that the occasion will center on the theme “Women. Seriously!,” anchored on MCW’s slogan and goal: “for women to be taken seriously.” Santiago said that MCW has “tremendously advanced the status of women in Mindanao since it was established on December 8, 2001.” She admitted though that “much still needs to be done.” Maria Ressa, author-in-residence of The International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore, will grace the celebration as the keynote speaker. Ressa will discuss on “Social Media for Social Change.” She was formerly head of the ABS-CBN News and Public Affairs. Another resource person is executive director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) Jean Enriquez who will tackle on “The Scourge of Human Trafficking.” Meanwhile, program manager Myla Leguro of the Catholic Relief Services Peace and Reconciliation 30

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Program will talk on “Peacebuilding from Below” during the event. Santiago said that the celebration slated on December 8-9 will kick off with opening rituals at 8:30 a.m. at the People’s Park. This will be followed by a short parade to the Royal Ballroom of Royal Mandaya Hotel for the formal opening and recognition ceremonies. Aside from Santiago, MCW chair Margie Moran Floirendo and MCW vice-chair Dr. Melchora Ambalong will also take the lead in the occasion. Minister counselor for Development Cooperation Program Titon Mitra of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is also expected to honor the celebration. MCW was formed and institutionalized ten years ago by Muslim, Christian and indigenous women leaders of Mindanao. The group aims to “influence public policy and public opinion by incorporating the women’s perspective in peace and development with the goal “For women to be taken seriously.” During a gathering of Mindanao’s young women leaders in October this year, Santiago has stated: “For if women are taken seriously, I have no doubt that the challenges of our era for human security and peace will be resolved with a combination of good sense, compassion, and boldness which are hallmarks of women’s leadership


Irrigation, better postharvest to boost rice sufficiency bid

DAVAO CITY- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said that the country’s rice sufficiency can be attained after 2013 with irrigation projects on its way in Mindanao.

Alcala recently expressed his confidence that the Aquino administration will attain sufficiency in rice as the Department of Agriculture (DA) will allot at least P500 million next year to establish nationwide hundreds of small irrigation projects (SIPs). The SIPs are considered more cost-efficient, faster to construct, and easier to maintain and manage. One project now in the works is the construction of Cateel Irrigation Project in Cateel, Davao Oriental with a total project cost of P255million and contract duration of 580 days.

The said project is being funded by the Department of Agriculture’s – Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP). Cateel is an east coast town that boasts an area of 22,952 hectares devoted to rice production. The said irrigation project aims to provide sustainable irrigation water for approximately 1,600 hectares of suitable lands covering 11 barangays. “Gusto po nating tumaas ang rice production natin kahit sa taginit. (We would like to increase rice production even during dry season). (With this,) we would be expanding the areas that will be irrigated and we will be safe and secured in the coming years despite calamities,” Alcala said. In the same forum, World Bank operations officer Ferlizardo Virtucio, Jr. stressed that in meeting rice sufficiency target, the agriculture sector should also improved postharvest practice particularly its milling recovery. “The Philippines only has a 62% recovery rate in the rice milling process. So if the country can bring that up to 70%, it will help boost total production and farmers’ income,” Virtucio said. “We are appealing to the private sector to invest in modernized rice mills that can increase the rice recovery,” he added. (DAMRDP/Noel T. Provido) Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Photo Release

Police, military uncover terrorist group CAMP LIRA, General Santos City – Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez answers a question from a reporter in a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 7, about the arrest of Baserin Tongan alias “Palos”, a suspected bomber of the convoy of the governor in April 2010. With the arrest, police and military authorities discovered the existence of Bansamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front cell involved in extortion and bomb-making activities. Authorities said it was the first time evidence is recovered pointing to the BIFF being a terrorist organization. Also confiscated in a raid in two safehouses on Dec. 3 were a firearms cache, improvised explosive device (IED) components and bomb-making paraphernalia. (Cocoy Sexcion/)

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Mindanao media meet in a summit in GenSan by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY,-- Environment situation in the country will be the focal theme for the 7th Mindanao Media Summit (MMS) as it opens today, December 8. The summit will also look at how media could help raise the level of public awareness on the state of environ-

ment and how people can serve as vanguard for environment protection and preservation thru the media.

The event is being held at the Anchor Driving Range here with the theme “Environment Watch: Mindanao.” The 3-day Mindanao Media Summit will end on December 10. Amalia Cabusao, convenor for the event, said: “Our theme for this year is ‘Environment Watch: Mindanao’ which will talk about the status of the environment in our island, the threats that we face and the opportunities available to harness our resources.” “We are expecting about a hundred editors, station managers and media personalities to attend the summit,” she said. The event is organized by the Mindanao Media Forum, a group established in 2002 as a result of the first Mindanao Media Summit, with Mindanews as the secretariat.

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We have a good line up of speakers and topics that would be of interest to the media, Cabusao told PIA General Santos City. Dr. Romulo A. Virola will discuss the State of the Environment in Mindanao while Ms. Lily Gutierrez’s topic will deal on Climate Change and Clean Energy Program, she revealed. Gracing the event’s opening day is Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair, who will speak on Integrated Green Mindanao

Program. Meanwhile Prof. Gemelino Bautista of the Ateneo de Manila University and Atty. Mario Maderazo, anti-mining campaign project officer, Philippine Misereor Project, Incorporated will both discuss on “The Economics of Mining in the Philippines.” Cabusao said local journalists “could help educate their readers,” but first they need to be intensively informed, educated and trained to be able “to understand the language of science.” The event is supported

by The Asia Foundation, the United States Embassy in Manila, MindaNews, the Voice of Mindanao, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Aboitiz Power, among others. The program started at 1:30 in the afternoon with a welcome note from former Press Sec. Jesus G. Dureza. Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez will be the event’s keynote speaker, whose speech focuses on “Sarangani Experience on Coral Destruction.”

MinDA to Mindanao communicators: tap new media for social change KORONADAL CITY - Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Secretary Luwalhati Antonino has called on some 200 government information officers and communicators to capitalize on the expedience of new media in their work as agents of change. Antonino made her call during the 9th Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congress held over the weekend in General Santos City. 34

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governance communication. “Your individual roles extend beyond mere beacons of information. New media enables you to become harbingers of


social change, development, and public welfare,” Antonino told the participants, mostly from local government units and various agencies across Mindanao. The MinDA chair’s call stems from the challenge of communicating the real story of Mindanao in the light of typical news stories on conflict and strife as reported by national and international media outfits, portraying Mindanao as perennially plagued by war and violence. Antonino also urged the congress delegates to wipe away this misconception and deliver stories that bear the good news about Mindanao, by seizing the opportunities afforded to them by new media, such as the Internet, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, text messaging, blogs and others. “The wealth of information presented in this congress has afforded everyone a better understanding of the power of new media and how all of you can capitalize on this platform to trigger change

and transformation,” said Antonino. Meanwhile, another speaker Jay Jaboneta, founder of Philippine Fund for Little Kids and former head of the new media team at the Office of the President, also spoke of how new media has changed the way information is spread and its interactive forms. His topic, “Social Media for Social Change” related how a single post on his Facebook page led to the creation of a foundation that helps young children in Zamboanga City. This highlighted the new media as a game changer that allows Mindanao communicators to paint a more positive pic-

ture of the island based on stories of good news that normally do not see print in traditional media. New media also enables anyone to create and modify content and share it with others using tools that are either inexpensive or free, and this interactive form takes away the exclusive power of traditional media over what comes out in the news. With the theme “Strengthening Governance Communication through the New Media”, the 3-day congress was organized by MindaComNet, in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency and MinDA. (Edwin Fernandez/PNA)

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General Santos City increases flights by Olivia Sudaria GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- This city is now being served by five flights daily covering Manila- General Santos City and General Santos City-Manila route which used to be only three . The additional two flights are provided by Cebu Pacific and AirPhil Express which commenced third and fourth week of October. Allan Punay, officer-in-charge of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), General Santos City who was the guest of the “Meet the Press� program jointly sponsored by the Philippine Information Agency and

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radio station DXCP disclosed that two of the original three flights are provided by Cebu Pacific and the other by the Philippine Air Lines. Another much in demand route, according to Punay, is CebuGenSan and GenSanCebu which is being served by a daily flight of Cebu Pacific. Punay said that from January to December, 2010, the to-

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tal number of incoming flights was 1330 with the corresponding outgoing flights of 1330. He further said that in the current year from January to October, 2011, GenSan incoming flights total 1,260 with likewise corresponding outgoing flights of 1,260. General Santos City airport is one of the ten international airports of the country which is managed by CAAP.


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